The Buccaneers remove Gruden’s name from the Ring of Honor; brother says ‘He will bounce back big’

FILE – Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden speaks to the media after an NFL football practice in Henderson, Nevada this Saturday, July 31, 2021, file photo. Jon Gruden is absent as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders after emails he sent before being hired in 2018 contained racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments. Gruden released a statement Monday evening, October 11, 2021, saying he is stepping down after The New York Times reported that Gruden frequently used misogynistic and homophobic language directed at Commissioner Roger Goodell and others in the NFL. (AP Photo / David Becker, File)

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are removing Jon Gruden’s name from the Buccaneers’ Ring of Honor, according to a team statement Tuesday.

Gruden led the Buccaneers to their first Super Bowl title in 2002, beating the Oakland Raiders, 47-21.

“The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have advocated for resolute change in the areas of race relations, gender equality, diversity and inclusion for many years. While we recognize Jon Gruden’s contributions on the ground, his actions run counter to our core values ​​as an organization. As a result, he will no longer continue to be a member of the Buccaneers’ Ring of Honor.

Gruden has won more games than any other head coach in Bucs franchise history, with a career record of 57-55.

More reactions came to Gruden’s comments, including an interview with his brother, Jay Gruden, a former coach of the Washington football team.

“It’s not something that we can anticipate, unfortunately. What happened has happened before, Jon has already apologized, he never intended to hurt anyone, obviously” Jay Gruden said.

He was interviewed on the WTEM podcast (Team980).

The emails – labeled racist, homophobic and offensive – were sent by Jon Gruden to former Washington football team president Bruce Allen.

Jay Gruden said of his brother: “He’s done a lot of great things for the National Football League and ESPN. I’m going to let him take care of his business. I’m always here for support, as he always is. there for my support when I needed it in a crisis so to speak. He will bounce back tremendously. He always has, always will.

He added: “He has had an incredible influence when it comes to football. To bring it down, so to speak, is unfortunate. It’s brutal. From a brother point of view, he was only support. During this time, we will stay together and overcome this.

NBC’s Mike Tirico, who has partnered with Jon Gruden for seven years on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football”, has expressed disappointment with Gruden’s behavior after the publication of several emails.

Tirico said on NBC’s “Football Night in America” ​​Sunday that he had not seen or experienced anything with Gruden that was racist in any way.

“The comments made on Sunday during ‘Football Night in America’ were specific to Jon Gruden’s email regarding DeMaurice Smith and concerned my personal experiences with Jon regarding any racist action or behavior. As I said on air, his ‘comments are bogus’, “Tirico said in a statement to The Associated Press.” The content and nature of the emails released subsequently are deplorable, disappointing and express feelings that have no place in our society. “

Tirico worked with Gruden from 2009 to 2015. Gruden stayed with ESPN until he was hired by the Raiders in 2018.

Professional Football Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy also said on Sunday’s show that he didn’t think Gruden’s emails about Smith had racial undertones, but that it was an inappropriate attack on a man’s character. Dungy said on social media Monday night after posting further emails that the Raiders had done the right thing by leaving Gruden.

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